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Information Security & Intelligence

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): Business

Why Choose Information Security & Intelligence?

The ISI program is certified by NSA's Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation Program as a National Center of Academic Excellence. The ISI program is also the first university program in the nation to be designated a Center for Digital Forensic Academic Excellence by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) and Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

As the only program of its kind in the country, Ferris State University’s Information Security & Intelligence (ISI) program is at the forefront in its response to the need for skilled workers in Information Security/Data Analysis/Digital Forensics. Developed with input from industry, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Pentagon, and investigative agencies, this program provides hands-on utilization of state of the art technology including emphasis on information security, visual analysis, data mining, and digital forensics. It's uniquely positioned to prepare students to address the global cyber security issues facing organizations and society. Qualified faculty bring to students the combination of real world experience, academic preparation, specialized training, and certifications. Our computer forensics coursework is accepted as meeting the education requirement to sit for computer forensics examinations. Our mobile application development and penetration testing concentrations are at the forefront of information security issues. This is indeed a degree that enables its graduates to stand out in the workplace with a set of skills, knowledge, and abilities that few others will match.

Career Opportunities

The Information Security & Intelligence degree prepares you for a variety of career possibilities in fields that allow you to see your contribution in action. Computer Forensics, Information Security, Intelligence/Big Data, Incident Response, and Secure Mobile Application Development are a few of the possibilities. Opportunities exist in the government, security, intelligence, health care, insurance, finance, and education fields.

Admission Requirements

New students: 3.0 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and an ACT composite score of 22.

Transfer students: Combined college or university GPA of 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended. GPA is based on completion of 12 credit hours or more. Transfer equivalency for FSU's ENGL 150 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT English score of 16 or higher; Compass score 70 – 100. Transfer equivalency for FSU's MATH 115 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT Math score of 19 or higher; Compass Algebra score 46 - 74 and HS Algebra with 2.0. 


More Information:
Additional guidance can be found on the College of Business web page under the Admissions tab.

Graduation Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Information Security & Intelligence is awarded to those individuals who have completed the 120 required credit hours with a minimum 2.0 GPA in their major classes, concentration classes, and overall.

More Information

Accountancy, Finance & Information Systems
119 South Street, BUS 212
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284
231-591-2434



Required Courses
Credit Hours

Business Courses

Principles of Accounting 1
3
Introduction to Statistics
3
Applied Management
3
Principles of Marketing
3
Mgmt Metrics & Decision Making
3

Major

Digital Forensics and Analysis
3
Fraud Examination
3
Secure Digital Technologies
3
Link and Visual Analysis
3
Data-Intelligence Comp Theory
3
Developing a Web Presence
3
Principles of Info Security
3
Applications of Info Security
3
Database Security
3
Current Issues in ISIN
3
Legal-Ethical Issues Infor Sec
3
ISI Internship
Array
Capstone Experience
3
Proj Management Fundamentals
3
Introduction to Data Mining
3
Risk Analysis and Strategy
3
Twelve credits must be satisfied by an approved minor or one of the concentrations listed below. Advisor approval required. Concentrations may not be available at all campuses
Custom Concentration
12
Digital Forensics Concentration
Advanced Digital Forensics
3
Networking Essentials
3
Pen Testing and Cloud Security
3
Directed Elective
3
Penetration Testing & Secure Software Concentration
Advanced Digital Forensics
3
Pen Testing and Cloud Security
3
Pen Testing & Mobile Security
3
Directed Elective
3
Data Mining Concentration (Big Rapids campus only)
Pen Testing and Cloud Security
3
Inferential Statistics
3
Data Mining Tools
3
Data Mining Processes
3
Network Security Concentration
Linux Network Administration
3
Networking Essentials
3
Electives
6
Foreign Language Concentration
Transfer
12
Directed Electives
4-5

University General Education

Communication Competence
English 1
3
English 2
3
Choose one:
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
3
or
Interpersonal Communication
3
Choose one:
Advanced Business Writing
3
or
Advanced Composition
3
or
Advanced Technical Writing
3
Scientific Understanding
Lab Science Elective
4
Science Elective
3-4
Quantitative Skills
Intermediate Algebra
3
If MATH ACT is 24 or higher, substitute a general education elective.
Cultural Enrichment
Electives (one at 200 level or above, one foreign language recommended)
9
Social Awareness
Electives (one at 200 level or above)
9
Minimum credit hours required for ISI bachelor degree:
119-121
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